Simply displaying one or two of these habits at times might not be enough to mean a significant issue, but if someone is influenced by all of these, he might have an issue. When at least four of these requirements are met, the condition is considered to be mild; if six of these requirements are met then it is a severe disorder, and if eight or more requirements are met then it suggests a serious problem.
If you're unclear if such a diagnosis refers to you, you may use these resources to help you evaluate it. Several groups, such as this one from the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, give self-assessments.
And if you're doubtful that you are having a problem or not, you might have gotten to the stage that you're uncertain about your ability to regulate your betting urge even though you can't afford to. If that is the situation, you may need to add yourself to lists of self-exclusion which may preclude you from playing even though you want to.
Many state authorities (and particular sportsbooks) have lists that will legitimately prohibit you from either permanently or for a predefined period of time joining a sportsbook. Many online platforms may still require you to remove yourself from their games, and the regulatory body that regulates the Internet gaming business might even have its databases in controlled regions that would prohibit you from playing on any legal platform.
Whether you believe you could be a compulsive gambler or someone you meet, advises you to get support. We believe these and other tools can support you in the journey towards healing. Please operate safely at online as well as at land-based sportsbooks.